HOLIDAY MOCKTAIL RECIPES:
Print these delicious alcohol-free mocktail recipes to order during the holidays or to serve to guests at your Xmas gatherings!
AS RESIDENTS PREPARE to make merry this festive season YKACL is reminding moms-to-be and their loved ones of the need to make safe reproductive health choices year-round.
Association staff will distribute pregnancy test kits, condoms and FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) awareness information in night clubs, pubs and liquor stores for the remainder of 2017.
The initiative encourages women to be aware of the effects alcohol can have on the fetus by ensuring they know if and when they become pregnant. No amount of alcohol is safe to consume during pregnancy.
“FASD is 100 per cent preventable,” says Kassandra Spoelder, YKACL Family and Children’s Services Facilitator. “Knowledge is the first step to preventing FASD.”
FASD is an umbrella term that describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual who was exposed to alcohol before birth. Effects may include lifelong physical, mental and behavioural difficulties, as well as learning disabilities.
Health Canada estimates that more than 3,000 babies a year are born with FASD and about 300,000 Canadians currently live with it.
The majority of Canadian women drink alcohol. According to a 2008 Canadian Addictions survey, 73.5 per cent of women over age 15 reported drinking alcohol within the previous 12-month period.
In a 2005 study, 10.5 per cent of mothers reported consuming alcohol during pregnancy.
Approximately one half of all pregnancies are unintended. The highest rates of unintended pregnancy occur in women aged 15 to 19 years of age, which is also a population at increased risk for binge drinking.
Statistics source: Canada FASD Research Network, Health Canada and the University of Ottawa
For more information please contact:
Kassandra Spoelder, YKACL Family and Children’s Services Facilitator:firstname.lastname@example.org
Vera Nesbitt, YKACL Family and Children’s Services Manager:email@example.com